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You’ve heard that bamboo flooring is great, cheap and eco-friendly and you want it now for your house.
Hold on a minute, buddy.
Have you ever thought about these things?
If you do, great; we’ll cover that today. If you don’t then these tips will be an eye-opener.
Sustainable means that the production of bamboo floors are environmentally-friendly and renewable.
Producers don’t have to worry about running out of resources; the materials involved in the production and usage are all highly renewable.
Bamboo flooring is also superior in a sense that it matures and is able to be harvested 5x quicker than traditional hardwoods.
Producers usually harvest a standard bamboo forest over a 5 year period. This means that a fully harvested forest is easily replenished by a new forest thanks to a unique characteristic;
Bamboo plants do not need to be replanted when they are harvested. Combine that with the rapid growth of bamboo plants and you have an almost endless supply of bamboo flooring.
It is cheaper than traditional wood flooring and more expensive than laminate flooring.
If you are looking for a bargain, however, bamboo flooring is not the best choice but it is significantly cheaper compared to traditional wood finishes.
The cost ranges from $4-$12AUD per square foot, with the higher quality ones being more expensive.
With that being said, going for the cheapest deals is not always a good idea; you may end up with a flooring that is going to wear out which will cost you a fortune to get it fixed and refurbished.
No, you shouldn’t.
Bamboo floorings are as strong if not stronger than traditional wood. Bamboo that is not carbonised (a process to turn the colour of bamboo into a rich dark brown) is as strong red oak.
The most durable out of all the bamboo types are strand woven bamboo.
Here are some quick facts about it:
No, they are not.
The two main bamboo flooring manufacturing methods are the hot-press and cold-press method.
They are both similar in one aspect: both of them are strand woven bamboo.
However, there are several key differences that you should know before you make a decision.
Yes. It is even easier to install bamboo floorings as compared to the others.
All you need to do is by laying it on an underlay or by laying it down on your floor and fixing it into position with nails and glue.
The process might take you 2-3 days to finish but it will save you a lot of money on installation fees.
Of course, if you do not know what you are doing, it’s best to consult professionals to do the job – you don’t want to mess up your house!
While there are many great things about it, bamboo finishes have some minor disadvantages.
You can read up about more home furnishing and maintenance tips on our blog.